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Julius de Kempenaer is the creator of Relative Rotation GraphsTM together with Trevor Neil he will write the blog entries for the RRG-free and the RRG-pro blog sections of this site. If you are looking for specific subjects or would like Julius to contribute on a speific subject, at least loosely related to RRG or Relative Strength in general,...

Julius de Kempenaer is the creator of Relative Rotation GraphsTM together with Trevor Neil he will write the blog entries for the RRG-free and the RRG-pro blog sections of this site. If you are looking for specific subjects or would like Julius to contribute on a speific subject, at least loosely related to RRG or Relative Strength in general, please post your question in the forum or send julius a direct message.

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Use RRG to Help You Put Recent Developments into International Perspective






What a week ....

With stock markets flying all over the place, I always find it an enlightening exercise to take a step back and put things into a broader perspective. This can be done in multiple ways, including taking a longer-term approach, looking at different segments of the market via size (market cap) indexes (as an example) or by analyzing broader asset class rotations, etc.

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It's a Crucial Time for SPY and These Are Crucial Levels to Watch!



When the market tanks, like it did from 24 February onwards, there is not much you can do anymore. You basically have to sit and wait and see which level(s) support or resistance are respected by the market. And the problem is, you will not know until a few days later...

It is only when the market starts to bounce, and new peaks and troughs are set, that the market will start to give us some new clues/pointers. (At least for the short-term.)

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Sector Spotlight: A Look at Monthly Charts for Asset Classes and Sectors


 In this edition of StockCharts TV's Sector Spotlight, I look at the monthly charts for asset classes and sectors in combination with their rotations on RRG. In addition, I also answer a question from the mailbag on using leveraged ETFs on Relative Rotation Graphs

This video was originally recorded on February 25th, 2020. Please note the video cannot expand to full screen on this page; click anywhere on the Sector Spotlight logo above to view on our dedicated Sector Spotlight webpage, or click this link to watch on YouTube.

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Use RRG to Get a Grip on Where the Action is - Throw in Symbol Summary to Be Prepared






Days with wild swings, as we are seeing at the moment, are either heaven or hell, depending on what kind of trader or investor you are. Those looking for action will have a field day.

But how do you easily find tradable securities? And how do you get a handle on any potential directional moves?

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Sector Spotlight: Stock/Bond Relationship Rolling Over on RRG


In this edition of StockCharts TV's Sector Spotlight, I analyze the impact of current market movements on sector- and asset-class rotations. After the break, I answer a question from the mailbag and introduce a new pair trade idea.

This video was originally recorded on February 25th, 2020. Click anywhere on the Sector Spotlight logo above to view the video on our dedicated Sector Spotlight webpage or at this link to watch on YouTube.

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Roundup of Pair Trade Ideas from Sector Spotlight

































Since November, I've had a recurring segment in each episode of Sector Spotlight on Pair Trading Ideas. Every show, I try to come up with a pair trade idea using Relative Rotation Graphs on various universes and on various timeframes.

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Two Changes to the Asset Allocation RRG Universe




People who follow the RRG Charts blog and my other articles in the ChartWatchers newsletter, as well as this Don't Ignore This Chart blog, will know that I like a top-down, structured approach to markets. The starting point for this approach is always the Asset Allocation universe, which is pre-defined in the dropdown selection box on the RRG-page.

In the past week I received an email from somebody who watches my Sector Spotlight show on StockCharts TV, airing every Tuesday at 10.30am ET. One of the questions was why I used IEF, the 7-10 year Treasury Bond ETF, as the proxy for Government bonds, especially as I tend to use IEI, the 3-7 year Treasury Bond ETF, as the benchmark for the RRG showing the rotations for various segments of the yield curve.

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Sector Spotlight: Restructuring the Asset Allocation process



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Opposite Rotations Suggest an Outperformance for CSCO over WMT in Coming Weeks






CSCO peaked in the first half of 2019. The first time at $ 56.30 in April and then again in July at $ 57.40. A typical failure to convincingly break above a previous high. From July onward CSCO moved lower to a low around $ 43 at the start of December.

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Sector Spotlight: Adding an Extra Benchmark to Your RRG


In this edition of StockCharts TV's Sector Spotlight, I discuss the current rotations for US sectors, then explain how to add a second(ary) benchmark to the RRG chart as a way of getting a more detailed analysis.

This video was originally recorded on February 11th, 2020. Click anywhere on the Sector Spotlight logo above or at this link to see a larger version on YouTube.

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RRG + Seasonality is a Very Powerful Combination!








It's a Puzzle

Regular readers of the RRG blog and my contributions to DITC and the ChartWatchers newsletter, as well as watchers of Sector Spotlight, will probably be aware of my recent research exercises to combine RRG with seasonality.

The reason for doing that lies in my belief that the analysis of financial markets should be seen like a puzzle - a puzzle that we try to solve every day, because the image on the puzzle changes every day. The most frustrating about this puzzle is that it is never finished, so we will never get to "see" the complete picture and enjoy it.

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What do you want from me?

Rumour has it that a new show will be launching soon on StockCharts TV. The focus for this weekly 30-minute adventure will be on sectors, with yours truly as the host/presenter for this program (so you can count on a healthy dose of RRG-related content)...
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GE is Doing It Again!

A good way for you to check what has been driving a particular market is to go to the "Market Movers" widget on your dashboard and select the universe that you are interested in. To the right, I have printed the table showing the top 10 most active stocks in the S&P 500...
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Forces Are Shifting in The Battle Between INTC and MSFT


When you open up StockCharts.com and go to Your Dashboard, one thing you'll find is a section called "Market Movers", located in the top-right corner of your screen.

I currently have this section of the page set up so that it shows the top 10 most active stocks inside the Dow Jones Industrials index. This way, it gives me a quick overview and general idea about the market behavior for the day. To expand that overview a bit further, I can then click on the RRG link below the table, which will run the Relative Rotation Graph for those ten stocks.

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A Strong Rotation on RRG and a Break to New Highs Make For a Killer Combination


At present, the Technology sector is rotating through the weakening quadrant on the Relative Rotation Graph. Following a strong move in the first months of this year, relative strength for XLK started to level off and has remained more or less flat since April. We'll have to wait and see if the sector can pull off a rotation back to leading without first hitting the left side of the RRG canvas.

The rotations for the individual stocks in the Technology sector are showing big differences, varying from very strong (like MSI and SNPS) to very weak (like NVDA and NTAP).

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Team USA Wins the Soccer Final, But Three International Markets Beat the S&P

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Last night (Sunday 7/7) the Dutch women's soccer team played the World Cup final against Team USA. I am not a huge soccer fan but, as a Dutchie, you have to catch at least part of that event! It did not work out for us, so congrats to the American girls for a game well played.

I have to admit that I did try to come up with something catchy and compare the S&P with the Dutch AEX Index ($AEX), but that did not work very well for us either ;)

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Brexit is SOOO 1776!


Happy Fourth of July!

On this public holiday - for the US, anyway; not so much for me ;) - I looked up a bit more about the history of Independence Day and, while doing so, it occurred to me that even back then, the British were involved in a separation...

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An Investment Process Is All About Piecing Things Together To Get Other Or Better Insights.


In my last DITC contribution, I wrote about the Real Estate sector that is crossing over into the leading quadrant while the seasonality chart for that sector indicates that over the last 20 years XLRE closed the month of July higher 71% of the time with an average gain of 1.9%

The average gain, by the way, is calculated over all years not just the years in which Real Estate outperformed the S&P 500.

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This Sector Just Returned to the Leading RRG-Quadrant AND Shows an Outperformance 71% of the Time in July


I do not believe that there is just one single tool, strategy, method, etc. that fits all our needs as investors or traders. For me, the power of research and analysis lies in combining information from various sources and subsequently putting all that together into a market-view, strategy, system, etc.

That is why I always encourage people to NOT use RRG as a standalone tool, but to always combine it with information from other sources and embedding their use into an investment process.

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The Dollar Beats All Currencies In The G10 Except For The Japanese Yen


Relative Rotation Graphs can be used to visualize the relative movement of much more than just stocks and sectors.

In the example below, the RRG shows the relative rotation for the G10 currency universe using USD as the base currency. In this case, you will see nine currencies, all expressed in USD terms, rotating around the USD.

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